Expository Essays

Expository Essays

7th grade has been working on expository essays. This is a genre of essays in which writers have to investigate an idea and explain the idea using evidence. The writer has to explain the idea presented with clarity and provide examples as supporting details.

The introduction needs to have a hook and a thesis statement which is also called a controlling idea. The hook can be written in different ways. Anecdotes can be effective hooks as readers may be able to connect with the short real-life story. The can also be written using references to characters or events from movies or stories. If questions are written as a hook, they need to be pertinent questions which would make the reader ponder over it. A thesis statement states the main ideas of the body paragraphs.  Each body paragraph needs to have a statement and clear explanations followed by examples or connections that writers can make. Restating the ideas in the statement at the end of a body paragraph will help to emphasize the idea that the writer wants to convey. The conclusion of the essay has to be a summary of what has been written.

Expository essays are fun for 7th grade students because of their insightful nature.  Students have the opportunity to gain more knowledge through them.

Ms. Thomas, 7th Grade